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Chaincase leak.....again?

History on 2 sleds: both are '15 XF 137's, one 8000 and one 6000. Bought as leftovers fall of 2015 and had 300 miles put on last winter. This fall noticed oil on floor in garage under each and the chaincase level had dropped in the sight glasses; the 8000 slightly worse than the 6000. Dealer did the seals under warranty just before it ended in October 2016. Both sight glasses were full (no visible oil level in either - not sure how far above sight glass oil was, likely not by much). Dealer is a great dealer.

So we just got back from our first 85 miles this year and noticed both are down again. After sitting in heated garage drying for 4 hrs, again the 8000 slightly worse than the 6000 (6000 is just barely below the top of the sight glass). But were no visible oil leak on the floor under either since they were brought home mid October. Neither had any visible oil in the belly pan dip under each case either.

I did notice some oil tonight on each sled right under the rubber fill plugs and just below that (where my finger is pointing) as pictured. There's no visible oil drip lines or oil run lines down the casing.

I will be contacting my dealer again but it's a $200 trip out there on gas every time (6 hr round trip and would require 2 trips). So questions are:

1. Anyone have a similar experience?
2. Is it possible for the rubber fill plug to leak as oil is splashed around or is this likely dribbles from when they filled it?
3. Since this is their first run since being brought home and the only time they've moved is from garage to trailer (20 feet) a couple times, can oil get splashed around the chaincase and puddle up in any little areas that it won't drain back down to the same level when it is first filled now that they've been ran for 85 miles? (may be a stupid question but worth asking)

First pictures are when we first got home. One with yellow dot above sight glass is 8000 and the blue dot is on the 6000. Second pics of each are after sitting in garage for 4 hrs drying off at plus temps. Last pic is the one of the oil puddles under the fill plug. Both have similar puddles.
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Mine takes more than 4 hours in my heated garage to work its way all down to the bottom of the case. What does it look like next morning?

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They were the same levels this morning but I turned off the heat last night (I only heat the garage when working on things in the winter). The last hour with heat on last night nothing changed so I assumed that was as good as it was going to get.

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first pic has what looks like a crack coming up from the bottom rear cover screw (could be somthing in the picture)

check the vent to make sure it isn't plugged
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first pic has what looks like a crack coming up from the bottom rear cover screw (could be somthing in the picture)

check the vent to make sure it isn't plugged
I think the little line that looks like a crack was a blade of grass or something as it disappeared when I blew the area with a compressor to dry it off.

What's the best way to check the vent? Little wire or take the fill plug out (place for air to go) and use a compressor?

Both machines are doing the same thing. After riding 80 miles Saturday both look to be down a couple millimetres from where they were.

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Happens to me also. That last pic tells the story. It's that cheap az plug design. It seams that it will be worst depending on temps and type of riding. 90% of my riding is on grades at hi speed cruising., and really does it. And it just makes a mess like the last pic. The case vent was also thought out by a genius, and that would always pig up behind my case and all over wiring. The vent I fixed, but that plug just haven't got around to it. Not saying you don't have a rolled or improper gasket on cover. Maybe a crack. But if it only happens after a ride I would go with the plug, especially if you see the little pool of oil like last pic. It runs down wires on my 016 and makes a mess, on the 12,and 14 runs down and drips out bottom and oils case/cover.
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